'Must See' British Crime Dramas

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1. The Sweeney (1974–1978)

60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Jack Regan is a hard edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police. He pursues villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal, frequently violent, and more often than not, successful.

Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, John Alkin

Votes: 1,544

2. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer, and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 8,869

3. Between the Lines (1992–1994)

50 min | Crime, Drama

British police drama following the team at the Complaints Investigation Bureau - the unit that polices the police.

Stars: Neil Pearson, Tom Georgeson, Siobhan Redmond, Tony Doyle

Votes: 387

4. Prime Suspect (1991)

207 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.

Stars: Helen Mirren, John Benfield, Tom Bell, Jack Ellis

Votes: 5,993

5. Life on Mars (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

Stars: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews

Votes: 26,951

6. The Krays (1990)

R | 115 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Billie Whitelaw, Tom Bell

Votes: 7,096 | Gross: $2.06M

7. Mona Lisa (1986)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A man recently released from prison manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane

Votes: 11,920 | Gross: $5.79M

8. The Third Key (1956)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Mystery

Police drama. The sleuths of Scotland Yard try to solve a series of burglaries.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Jack Hawkins, John Stratton, Dorothy Alison, Michael Brooke

Votes: 531

9. Get Carter (1971)

R | 112 min | Crime, Thriller

When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne

Votes: 26,647

10. Green Street Hooligans (2005)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren

Votes: 134,729 | Gross: $0.34M

11. Layer Cake (2004)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy

Votes: 155,786 | Gross: $2.34M

12. Sexy Beast (2000)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman

Votes: 50,761 | Gross: $6.95M

13. The Hit (1984)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Ten years later, after ratting on his old mobster friends in exchange for personal immunity, two hit men drive a hardened criminal to Paris for his execution. However, while on the way, whatever can go wrong, does go wrong.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Freddie Stuart, Ralph Brown, A.J. Clarke, Terence Stamp

Votes: 6,618 | Gross: $0.88M

14. The Long Firm (2004)

220 min | Crime, Drama

The lives of characters who live, love, and suffer through their association with the charismatic charms of gangster Harry Starks.

Stars: Mark Strong, George Costigan, Neil Conrich, Geoff Bell

Votes: 580

15. The Bank Job (2008)

R | 111 min | Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays

Votes: 167,081 | Gross: $30.03M

16. Robbery (1967)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A group of British criminals plans the robbery of the Royal Mail train on the Glasgow-London route.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Stanley Baker, Joanna Pettet, James Booth, Frank Finlay

Votes: 969

17. I Promised to Pay (1961)

94 min | Crime, Drama

A vicious gang of crooks plan to steal the wages of a local factory, but their carefully laid plans go wrong when the factory employs an armoured van to carry the cash. The gang still go ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Michael Craig, Françoise Prévost, Billie Whitelaw, William Lucas

Votes: 480

18. The Offence (1973)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A burnt-out British police detective finally snaps whilst interrogating a suspected child molester.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant, Ian Bannen

Votes: 5,040

19. Odd Man Out (1947)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick

Votes: 8,110

20. I Became a Criminal (1947)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Drama

After WW2, former RAF airman Clem Morgan joins a gang of black-market smugglers-thieves but when a robbery goes wrong, Clem is caught , framed for a policeman's murder, and is sent to prison where he plots his escape and revenge.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones, Rene Ray

Votes: 1,156

21. Concrete Jungle (1960)

TV-14 | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In UK, after pulling a racetrack robbery, repeat offender Johnny Bannion hides the loot in a farmer's field but the police and the local mob come looking for Johnny and for the money.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker, Grégoire Aslan, Margit Saad

Votes: 1,070



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